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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: October 2013

News at the college

Dr. SaifDr. Saif is elected to Hall of Honor

Congratulations to Dr. Mo Saif, emeritus faculty member and former director of the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) in Wooster. He was elected to the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Hall of Honor this year in conjunction with the 18th WVPA Congress held in in Nantes, France. The Hall of Honor recognizes poultry veterinarians and scientists who have made substantial contributions to poultry health.

Finding the cause of severe dog illness

Several dogs have become severely ill in the past few weeks, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture is working to determine the cause. A suspected emerging virus may be the culprit, although many more tests will be required. Click here to read more of the story. Here is an updated news story from the September 14 The Columbus Dispatch. (As of this writing, no additional cases have been reported.)

Veterinarians participated in Farm Science Review

Faculty veterinarians from the College were there to answer questions during "Question the Authorities," and at a college exhibit at the 51st Annual Farm Science Review (FSR), held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center (MCAC) near London, Ohio. Click here to see what some of the seminars were.

Steps for SarcomaVeterinarians participated in Steps for Sarcoma

Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults – just one percent of all adult cancers. Unfortunately, it's much more prevalent in children and dogs: about 15 percent of all childhood cancers and about 15 percent of all canine cancers. A College of Veterinary Medicine "Vets for Sarcoma" team participated in "Steps for Sarcoma," a 5K run and 1 mile walk, to raise money for sarcoma research at Ohio State. Click here to read more about this event.

From our website

The only therapy dog for the National Parks Service

"Happy" is certainly an appropriate name for Tom and Marsha Dulz's golden retriever, who is friendly, easygoing and loves life. Happy also brings joy and comfort to the people he meets – thousands of them – through his work as a therapy dog at the Flight 93 Memorial National Park. Read more of Happy's story here.

Shelby visits the Veterinary Medical Center

As part of the College's effort for the VMC, a series of videos were developed to air on the TV in the waiting areas. They are also on our YouTube channel and are being featured on our website. To meet Shelby, an alpaca with a uterine torsion, click HERE.

Dr. BelknapDr. Belknap featured in Heart of Phoenix YouTube video

Dr. James Belknap, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and equine surgeon at the Galbreath Equine Center, was highlighted in a YouTube video recently posted by the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue ( Read more and view the video here.

Veterinarians in the news

Dr. O'QuinDispatch quotes Dr. O'Quin

Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR is what the strategy is called. Dr. Jeanette O'Quin, clinical assistant professor at the college, was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch. Read more here.

Pet nutrition story quotes Dr. Buffington

Dr. Buffington

Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is featured as one of two pet nutritionists consulted on a news story about "5 Things You Have Got To Know About Feeding Your Dog or Cat." Read more here.

Student Updates

Annual "Colerain Day"

Veterinary students from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State spent the morning of Friday, September 27th with students at Colerain Elementary School in Columbus. The veterinary students enjoy spending time with the young students showing them different animals that they bring to the school. Read more here.

Vet students welcome Tim Harrison, animal rescue expert

Tim Harrison, director of Outreach for Animals, was featured in the acclaimed documentary film, The Elephant in the Living Room. Veterinary students in the College of Veterinary Medicine offered a free film screening of "The Elephant in the Living Room" and had the opportunity to meet Tim Harrison and ask questions about his work.

Veterinary Medical Center Update

Updates for Veterinarians

Did you see the latest issue of "Update for Veterinarians?" The September-October issue included a feature on neurology, pictures of new interns and residents, plus a story about Dr. Couto's retirement. Members of the OVMA receive "Update for Veterinarians" as an insert in the bimonthly newsletter "The Observer." It is also available on our website, including back issues. Click HERE. If you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact Melissa Weber at (614) 292-2752 or

Dublin clinic welcomes surgeons and offers outpatient imaging services

The Veterinary Medical Center has welcomed two experienced, board-certified surgeons to the Dublin location. Drs. Laurent Guiot and Reunan Guillou joined the practice during the summer and now provide surgical services daily. Proficient in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, they also have special interests in minimally invasive fracture repair, arthroscopy and total joint replacement. Read more.

The VMC-Dublin clinic is now able to offer outpatient imaging services for their partner veterinarians and their clients. Procedures that are available on an outpatient basis include ultrasound and CT. Referring veterinarians will receive a report with the results on the same day as the procedure. More information is available by calling (614) 889-8070.

Continuing Education

Small Animal Dermatology and Otology

Columbus, OH - October 12-13, 2013
The 2013 Ohio State and IAMS Symposium focuses on treatment of common skin and ear diseases of dogs and cats. Experienced clinical experts share their approaches to diagnosis and treatment strategies that you can immediately incorporate into your practice. Presentations span two information-packed days and provide 15 focused, practical hours of continuing education credit. Each day will conclude with a question and answer session. For more information click here.

Upcoming Events

Register for 2013 Reunion-Homecoming Weekend

Plan to attend Reunion-Homecoming Weekend set for October 18-20. The weekend promises rekindled friendships and continued Buckeye spirit. We invite all College of Veterinary Medicine alumni to visit the campus to rediscover your alma mater, connect with friends and faculty, and see how the college has grown. We hope to see many of you there! For more information and to register click here. Registration closes October 4th.

Vets 4 Pets 5K Run/Walk

Sign up to run in the 8th Annual Vets 4 Pets run/walk 5K on October 27th! Click here for sign up. Proceeds from the event will go to Capital Area Humane Society.


Every seven years, an accreditation committee from the AAVMC visits our college and conducts an in-depth review of the DVM program. This year's visit starts Sunday, October 27th and goes until Thursday, October 31st.

Save the Date: Annual Open House, April 5, 2014

The 2014 Annual Open House will be held Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Annual Open House is an opportunity to promote the profession of veterinary medicine, the college and our Veterinary Medical Center to visitors to our campus.

Thanks to all the support and assistance from our faculty, staff, alumni, and students, last year's Annual Open House was a great success with more than 2,000 participants. We are in the planning stages for the next big event, and look forward to even more success.

Alumni News

Dr. Mark Finkler

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Finkler, who received his DVM in 1980. He is currently serving as president of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He owns and practices small animal medicine at Roanoke Animal Hospital. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Send us your accomplishments

We are interested in how Ohio State has helped you achieve your goals. The college is proud of its alumni and their accomplishments. Alumni – please send your latest achievements to Melissa Weber, Director of Communications and Marketing at the college, so we can put them in our future Connect to Vet Med newsletters. Please include your contact information if we need to discuss the details of your success.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Membership

You can become a sustaining member of the Ohio State Alumni Association with an annual gift of $75 or more. Some or all of these funds can be directed to support the College of Veterinary Medicine.You can complete your OSUAA membership by making a gift online:

Just a few funds to consider:

  • Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion Fund – 314090
    To provide funds for the enhancement and expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Students First – Students Now Scholarship Fund – 308457
    To support veterinary student scholarships
  • Veterinary Biosciences Support Fund – 301456
    For research discovery and for support of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advancement Fund – 301106
    To support veterinary clinical sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Support Fund – 306355
    To support veterinary preventive medicine

In Memoriam

James L. Henschen

James Henschen, DVM, age 74, of Westerville, OH, died on September 18, 2013 after a brief illness. Born May 31, 1939 in St. Marys, Ohio, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean; daughters, Jodi (Jerry) Beekman of Westerville and Jill (Michael) Tarbox of Marysville; grandchildren, Jeff and Joe Beekman, Lindsay and James Tarbox; brother, Danny (Mary) Henschen of Dayton, OH.; mother-in-law, Lenora Gritzmaker of St. Marys, OH. Owner of Countryside Veterinary Clinic in the practice of equine medicine. Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1963. Life member of AVMA; also member of OVMA, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society of Theriogenology, 5th District of Equine Practitioners, American Morgan Horse Association and charter member of Sunbury-Galena Rotary Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to the Ohio State Foundation here and can also be mailed to the Office of Advancement at 127 VMAB 1900 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6:03pm